Work Ethic on Tour

Q: What do you do when you’re the headliner at a music festival, and you’re sick?

Yesterday was my annual day of being a roadie at the Sausalito Art Festival, which actually has a huge stage and features live performances by formerly huge acts. This year’s lineup included The Bangles, The Fixx, Pablo Cruise and Dave Mason. Dave Mason was the headliner yesterday, filling the last slot from 4:30 – 6PM. I heard that Dave Mason wasn’t feeling well, that he was recuperating from some bug.

I was working security to backstage, which basically means making sure no one goes back there without a pass. This is a bit tricky, because the performers have to walk back and forth from the real backstage across a public walkway to the dressing room area, they don’t wear their passes because that would look silly on stage — and although I know the music, I wouldn’t know any of these people if I fell over them. In addition, the bartenders keep their booze back there, but are not given backstage passes. So you have to watch faces, and I do.

Right before Dave Mason was supposed to start, one guy without a pass, muttered “I don’t wanna go to work today” as he walked from the dressing room area to the true backstage. I figured it was one of the musicians — who else would be saying that?

A few minutes later, I was watching the show from back stage — and the guy who ‘didn’t wanna go to work today’? Dave Mason.

A: You show up, give it your all anyway — and leave the crowd happy.

Hollis Polk is a personal coach (, who has been helping people create lives they love for 15 years, using neurolinguistic & hypnotherapy techniques, decision science, clairvoyance & the common sense learned in 20+ years of business. She is an NLP Master Practitioner, hypnotherapist & has a BSE in engineering from Princeton & a Harvard MBA. She is also a successful real estate broker, investor & business owner.